Western Trawl Fisheries

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, GN 48, 1 December 2004

Commonwealth of Australia
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation

I, Ian Cresswell, Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) the application from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, public comments on the proposal as required under S303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in Section 303FN of the Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens listed under Part 13 of the Act, taken in the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and North West Slope Trawl Fishery, as defined in the Western Trawl Fisheries Statement of Management Arrangements 2004 made under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with S303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 19 November 2007; and
  2. is subject to the following conditions:
    1. Operation of the fisheries will be carried out in accordance with the Western Trawl Fisheries (WTF) Statement of Management Arrangements 2004;
    2. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) of any proposed amendment to the management regime for the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and/or the North West Slope Trawl Fishery to enable DEH to evaluate any impacts on the ecological sustainability of the fisheries.
    3. Reports to be produced and presented to the Department of the Environment and Heritage annually, and to include:
      1. A statement of the performance of the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and the North West Slope Trawl Fishery against objectives, performance measures and triggers once developed;
      2. Research undertaken or completed relevant to the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and the North West Slope Trawl Fishery;
      3. Information regarding the status of the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and the North West Slope Trawl Fishery; and
      4. Information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of AFMA in implementing the recommendations made in the DEH Assessment of the Western Trawl Fisheries 2004.

Dated this 26th day of November 2004

[signed]

Ian Cresswell
Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, a person whose interests are affected by this decision may apply for a statement of reasons and for independent review of the decision. An application for a statement of reason may be made in writing to the Department of the Environment and Heritage within 28 days of the date of the declaration. An application for independent review may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on payment of the relevant fee within 28 days of the date of the declaration, or if reasons are sought, within 28 days of receipt of reasons. Further information may be obtained from the Director, Sustainable Fisheries Section.